“Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread“
Now those who are such we command and exhort
In the next two verses, Paul will reveal further insights about the “disorderly” by giving four commands to those who walk orderly (vv. 13-15). These commands show the obedient how to deal with the disobedient.
The word “command” appeared in verses four, six and ten. This is the fourth time Paul uses this word. Now he adds another word — “exhort.” Christians not only need commands, but they need exhortation. It is not enough to simply command. Christians need encouragement.
through our Lord Jesus Christ
The sphere of authority for the four following commands is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
that they work in quietness
“Quietness” means silence. The idea is that this person should not meddle in the affairs of others. We are not to meddle in other people’s business, but to quietly mind our own business.
and eat their own bread
“Stay out of the business of others and work to provide for your own needs.” “Mind your own business!”
Privacy is a Christian value.
Work is a way of giving a testimony for the Lord. When we mind our own business and not meddle in other people’s business, we show a true Christian testimony.